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John Dog Questions Authority with ‘London Falling’

By Jaci Jedrych

John Dog’s latest track, “London Falling”, released June 23, has a distinct political message.

Hailing from Galway, Ireland, the one-time member of The Kathleens, a mid-90s indie four-piece, now has a flourishing solo career. His first solo project was an EP called The Waking Dream EP, “an atmospheric set of 3 nakedly emotional songs influenced by Julee Cruise, solo Lennon and 90s Americana.” He describes himself as an “outsider artist by nature”, though that hasn’t stopped him from receiving critical acclaim.

His latest release, though it never mentions it directly, is a commentary on Brexit. Released on the six year anniversary of the referendum, the lyrics use wordplay to display the message.

“While the title borrows from The Clash’s London Calling, the lyric draws on the rich tradition of English irony merchants such as Ray Davies, Difford & Tilbrook and Elvis Costello. The melody, meanwhile, was inspired by Paul McCartney’s No More Lonely Nights,” says John Dog.

The sound is gentle with a slow build, but a powerful impact.

Fans of Ray Davies, Rufus Wainwright, or the Beatles should check out “London Falling” and the corresponding music video. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.

Jaci Jedrych

Jaci Jedrych is a World Politics student at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loves going to concerts and exploring different genres, and has a passion for arts and news writing.

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